The long and emotional battle over Terri Schiavo's life is over. The severely brained-damaged woman died Thursday morning, almost 14 days after her feeding tube was removed.
George Felos, Michael Schiavo's attorney, says, "This death was not for the siblings, spouse or parents. This death was for Terri. [She] had a right to die peaceably."
Terri Schiavo's siblings were at their 41-year-old sister's bedside a few minutes before the end came, but not there at the moment of death. A family spokesperson said they had been told to leave by her husband.
Father Frank Patrone, the Schindler family spokesman, says, "And so his heartless cruelty continues until the very last moment."
But Schiavo's attorney says Michael only asked the family to be escorted out of the room after they became confrontational.
Terri Schiavo's parents and her husband have been at odds for years. Michael Schiavo argued his wife would not want to be kept alive artificially. Her parents held out hope until the very end that she might improve.
But the courts sided with Michael Schiavo and ordered her feeding tube removed. The parents answered back with a flurry of appeals to state and federal courts, all of which were denied.
Polls showed the public also sided with Michael Schiavo, but numerous politicians, including President Bush, believed the courts should "err" on the side of life.
President Bush says, "The essence of civilization is that the strong have a duty to protect the weak."
Now there is the question of where to bury Schiavo. Her husband wants her cremated and laid to rest in Pennsylvania. Her parents object to cremation and want her buried in Florida.